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How to Find the Best Wine Cooler Around

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Wine, known as the nectar of the Gods in Greek mythology, and currently the most popular drink in the UK – especially amongst younger people, is a popular alcoholic tipple around the world. In 2018 over $14 billion worth was sold to United States consumers alone.

While those stats are related to wine bought and drank by individuals there is also the huge market of commercial wine sales to consider. With millions of cafes, bars and restaurants serving everything from the rarest reds to the cheapest fizz there are plenty of outlets where buying and storing wine is a key part of their business.

Despite the clear differences between private and trade wine buyers, such as quantities purchased or discounts negotiated there is one thing which every serious wine drinker or seller can make good use of – a top flight wine cooler (wine fridge).

The main benefit of a special cooler is that your wine is stored at the very best temperature for its type so the taste is the best it can be. Think of a wine cooler like a modern day wine cellar. If you would have used a cellar to store your bottles then you can definitely make use of a dedicated wine cooler.

Making a few calculations will help you decide if you still have some doubts; be brutally honest about the value of your entire wine collection, either current or intended and let that guide you. The rule of thumb is to not spend lots more on the wine cooler than the wine itself is worth.

How to find the best possible wine cooler for you

There are lots of different wine coolers on the market, with something to suit a variety of needs, budgets and expectations. So don’t rush into ordering the first thing you see, step back and do a little checking to make sure it will be a solid purchase that will serve you well for a long time.

Here are some ideas on how to make the perfect match.

Idea 1 – Consider what kind of wine user you are

If you tend to only drink a budget-friendly supermarket wine on a Friday evening then it’s probably better to go for a countertop model. If you are interested in wine, like to buy a variety of bottles, or run a business which involves selling wine to be consumed on the premises then a wine cooler will be a great asset.

Idea 2 – Select the style of wine cooler you need

The main initial choice is between a built-in and a freestanding wine cooler.

Built-ins are a good choice if you are designing the kitchen from scratch as they can be incorporated whereever you think is most convenient; but they will also fit under most countertops. The average built-in holds anywhere from 25-50 bottles, which would cost around $500, to a large capacity fridge costing thousands.

Freestanding wine coolers are equally good at their job and can also sit under counters, as well as pretty much anywhere else you chose to place them. They are cheaper than built-in units and can be purposed to look like regular kitchen furniture.

Idea 3 – Look at the different temperature zones models offer

If you only drink (or serve) one type of wine, say reds, or whites or fizzy versions then a single temperature wine cooler is fine. If you plan to have to style then go for a dual model, or splash out on a three temperature –zoned wine cooler that has a special, temperature-controlled area for champagne too.

Idea 4 – Shelves are important

The best way to make sure your wine cooler is flexible enough for all occasions is to buy a model with shelves that can be adjusted in both height and width. Standard shelving is designed, naturally, to fit standard wine bottles, but not all wines are the same and some are larger or taller than others which makes adjustable shelves really handy.

If possible it’s worth going for wooden rather than the metal versions which are more likely to scratch at or tear labels, and sliding shelves as that makes choosing a bottle much easier.

Idea 5 – Check out reviews

Both consumer and expert reviews are useful when you are researching which wine cooler to buy. Where possible look at reviews from a variety of sources, which could include blog articles fans or wine related experts have put together, as well as feedback on forums, and feedback left on the websites of respected manufacturers like EdgeStar.

Idea 6 – Educate yourself about the influence light has on wine

There are lots of products which include the instruction to keep it away from too much sunlight exposure, and wine is no different. To enjoy wine at its best it needs shading from light, so if you find a decent and affordable wine cooler with the facility to block UV rays grab it. Otherwise, just make sure you position the cooler in a place where it will not be catching the brunt of the sun and artificial kitchen or dining room light.

Idea 7 – Do you need any handy add-ons?

It’s not worth splashing out on extras you don’t really need but if you find them useful then things such as a door lock to protect your investment wine from sticky fingers, a temperature alarm to alert you to any potential calamity, or charcoal air filters which both absorb odours so your wine doesn’t get contaminated and help control the amount of dust that settle inside the cooler, making it more efficient.

You should have enough information, advice and guidance here to make a good start with your search for the very best wine cooler for yourself or your business, confident that what you choose will be a great asset for as long as you need it. There may be a lot of factors to consider, but no two people have the exact same wants and needs so it’s worth the investment of time at this early stage.

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch

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Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY www.kintsuginyc.com 646-983-4616
@kintsuginyc

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips

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Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.

 

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In Need Of Some Chinese Food and Culture…Try The Dragon Fest

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Dragon Fest is a annual outdoor Chinese food & culture festival with experiential activities, tastings, and market fairs that showcases the vibrant food, art and cultural traditions from China. It is a cultural platform that connects people in New York to Chinese restaurants, food vendors, artists and local communities.

The event happens on different days and places. Today is the opening and the fest will happen at 828 Broadway, between 12th – 13th Street from 10am – 6pm.

Expect tasty food and drink options, experiential activities and market fairs showcasing local artists and cultural traditions.

Dragon Fest attracts over 200,000 attendees.

You can check out the full lineup at the Dragon Fest website, as well as the calendar for the other festival dates and locations below. Score free tickets to the April 6th opening event on Eventbrite, taking place at 828 Broadway from 10am to 6pm.

 

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Get Scottish and Join in The Celebrations With The Tartan Day Parade

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NY has been celebrating Scotlands heritage and culture with Tartan Week. This festival runs till the 7th with the Tartan Day Parade, which is held on Saturday, April 6 from 2-4pm on Sixth Avenue between 44th and 55th St.

Before the parade you can get Kilt Fittings with Geoffrey Tailor and 21st Century Kilts. Appointments required. Email howie@21stcenturykilts.com to schedule.

On April 6 @ 10:00 am11:00 am Kick-off Parade Day with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan service and pre-parade brunch. The service is a pan-denominational Christian blessing of the tartans of the clans, celebrating Scotland and Scots in America. A time-honored free event for the entire family. The Service will be followed by the pre-parade brunch. Afterwards, all are welcome to march. The Brick Presbyterian Church 1140 Park Avenue.

From 10:30 am12:45 pm Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park Fountain Terrace. Hear the sound of some of our leading Pipe Bands as they prepare for the 26th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade. This event is free for all to enjoy.

 NYC Tartan Day Parade, 6th Avenue 6th Avenue. The 26th annual NYC Tartan Day Parade on Saturday, April 6, 2024 – NYC’s biggest annual display of Scottish culture.For over 25 years, NYC Tartan Week has been celebrating Scottish-American heritage by providing meaningful connections through the celebration of Scottish heritage in NYC.
 NYC Tartan Week Sunday Brunch at The Tailor Public House 505 8th Avenue. Join the New York Caledonian Club on the final day of NYC Tartan Week 2024 for their annual Sunday Scottish fry!

This year’s parade will be led by Scottish actor of Mission: Impossible fame, Dougray Scott. The NYC Tartan Day Parade is the largest annual Scottish gathering in NYC. See 3,000 bagpipers, Highland dancers, clans, and Scottish dogs march up Sixth Avenue in this free celebration.

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